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New PHEV Touring model headlines 5-Series revisions

BMW will add a plug-in hybrid Touring model to its revised 5-Series line-up later this year, as well as a second, more powerful PHEV saloon.

The new models will come late this year, around six months behind first deliveries of the facelifted 5-Series saloon and Touring models that first hit UK roads three years ago.

At the front of the restyled car, the kidney grille design has extra width and height, pushing it further into the front apron, while the headlights are described as having a slimmer contouring. There are also more pronounced air inlets.

At the back are new LED tail lights with blackened lenses, and the saloon gets a new diffuser.

BMW 5-Series display screen 2020The infotainment system has been updated, with a 12.3-inch screen replacing the previous 10.3-inch display, and BMW’s latest operating system 7.0 is installed. New optional technology includes reversing assistant, a dashcam-style Drive Recorder system and updates to the steering and lane control assistant aids that enables Active Navigation; a system that informs the driver when a lane change will be required.

Overall, price increases of around 2% accompany the revised model range.

As well as the regular models of 520i, 540i and M550i petrol and 520d and 530d diesels, all of which bar the 530hp 550i get 48-volt mild hybrid technology to help improve emissions – although economy and CO2 figures are yet to be revealed – there will be a widened range of plug-in hybrids.

The 530e saloon continues, in both rear- and xDrive four-wheel drive form, but is joined by a Touring estate plug-in hybrid with both drive options, following on from the imminent arrival of the 3-Series Touring PHEV. There will also be a new 545e xDrive saloon model, although BMW isn’t yet saying anything about the power of its new model that goes from under 50g/km of CO2 emissions and costs more than £5800 over the 530e xDrive.

BMW has also announced a raft of changes to other models in its line-up:

  • BMW X2 PHEV charge socketThe introduction of the X2 xDrive 25e model PHEV with a range of 35 miles and emissions from 38g/km. A combination of 1.5-litre petrol and 70kW electric motor provide a combined 220hp.
  • A new 286hp six-cylinder 3.0-litre diesel engine will go into the 7-Series, X3, X4, X5 and X6.
  • 48-volt mild hybrid system BMW 202037 models get 48-volt hybrid tech from July across 3-Series, 5-Series, 6-Series, 7-Series, X3, X4, X5, X6 and X7, in addition to 3-Series, 5-Series and X models already featuring the system.
  • BMW 2-Series Gran CoupeNew 2-Series Gran Coupe range is expanded with new entry 218d diesel going from 109g/km, and 190hp 220d xDrive from 119g/km.
  • Depending on model, additional features operated by smartphone on PHEV models will be available from this summer, including the ability to set the seat heating or cooling.
  • Emissions zone BMWBMW’s eDrive Zone function goes live from this summer, automatically switching PHEV models into pure electric mode when they enter selected urban areas such as low emission zones.
  • The 3-Series saloon and Touring models get the new BMW operating system 7.0.
  • Android Auto is added to the existing Apple Carplay for smartphone integration.


First Drive: BMW 520d M-sport Touring